The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy together with the European Union (EU) today called on the parties to the conflict in Libya to stop the current escalation of violence.
“The conflict continues unabated and the events of the past few weeks have been of particular concern for the suffering Libyan population,” said the joint statement by Federal Minister Heiko Maas and her French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian. Italian Luigi Di Maio and EU External Relations Manager Josep Borrell.
At the same time, they called on the parties to be inspired by the spirit of Ramadan that had just begun and to restart talks on a real ceasefire. The European diplomatic leaders called on the parties to the conflict “to unite their efforts against the common enemy of the current pandemic”.
The signatories of the declaration reaffirm their commitment to the decisions of the Berlin conference on Libya in mid-January and support the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his special representative Stephanie Williams for a humanitarian ceasefire. .
A violent civil war broke out in Libya nine years ago. Fighting for the capital, Tripoli, has increased recently. According to the United Nations, there have been more than 850 violations of the ceasefire negotiated in Berlin in mid-January.